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Giving Birth

What To Expect When Expecting vs. Reality

Tova Leigh | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
Tova Leigh Everything from pregnancy, to giving birth, breastfeeding and bouncing back in ...

I Can't Stop Peeing

Robin Hopkins | Posted 07.07.2016 | Women
Robin Hopkins

I sat in the waiting room of Dr. Wu's office, flipping through an issue of Us Weekly from 2015. Occasionally, I looked up at the receptionist in hopes that she might acknowledge me or maybe even call me in for my appointment. When that didn't happen, I read and reread the sign that said I would be charged the full amount of the appointment if I was late.

Yes, I Loved My C-Sections

Well Rounded NY | Posted 03.14.2016 | Parents
Well Rounded NY

Cesarean sections often symbolize some kind of failure or unhappy ending of a story. My first c-section was the scary emergency kind, but my second was planned. Both times, they felt like a relief.

What A Labor Nurse Can Handle That You Can't

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 02.16.2016 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

It's labor, so everyone knows it's going to hurt, right? Wrong. Whatever our patients think it's going to be like, it's different.  And every time they think it can't get worse than this, they're surprised, because it does get worse than this. 

One Woman's Fight to Help Mothers, Babies, and Families

Ken Budd | Posted 02.12.2016 | Impact
Ken Budd

Stress. A mother's stress. That's what changed Corinne Cannon's life. Her son, Jack, was a colicky, restless, challenging baby. With each scream, wit...

Postpartum Depression Stole Two Months Of My Life

Ravishly | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents

I looked at this tiny human and felt nothing. Absolutely nothing. No overwhelming joy at finally meeting this person I'd been so excited for in months prior, no lurking sadness about no longer being pregnant and relishing in those shared "inside mommy's belly" moments. Just... nothing.

Skin-To-Skin After A C-Section Isn't Only Possible -- It's Wonderful

AWHONN | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living

"Holding my son on my chest afterward is even hard to put into words because it was such a magical time and it made the experience a wonderful one," said Rose.

9 Real Things No One Tells You About Having A C-Section

Kate Auletta | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
Kate Auletta

In an attempt to be the Friend Who Gives You Unsolicited But Useful Advice, here are some things you need to know if you have a C-section, courtesy of yours truly.

Making the New Baby/Older Sibling Meeting Special

Mommy Nearest | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

When my toddler came to the hospital to visit me and meet his new brother, it was strangely awkward at first. I know it sounds weird, but it felt like we were ex-lovers who had each gone through some rather huge milestone life changes and had to kind of re-navigate our relationship

Can Art Bring Our Memories Alive

LuxEco Living | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
LuxEco Living

I hold enormous amounts of pride in my family's history. The stories begin with my grandfather Misha's survival and his courageous acts of rescue during World War II, which allowed multiple families to continue their lineage.

To Expectant Mom From New Mom, With Love

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

Pregnancy can be an isolating experience, if only because it's your own. No one can know how you feel, because they aren't you. And you have no idea how to feel, because it's not something you've ever done before. Every day, every feeling, is new.

10 Ways C-Sections And Vaginal Births Are Exactly The Same

Kim Simon | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Kim Simon

No one should co-opt your C-section story for their birth agenda. Just like shaming women about how they breastfeed or formula-feed is anti-feminist, so is shaming them and questioning them about how they birth.

Men and Women: Their Changing Roles

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 12.21.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

Recent years show the line between male and female roles is becoming blurred. Men are taking a more active part in homemaking and child rearing, and women are thriving in the business world.

4 Life Lessons I Learned Through Childbirth

Sara Goldstein | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

My babies are obviously the most beautiful and tangible products of these hours of my life. But the life lessons that came from them are as important to who I am today as my children themselves.

So You Want a Natural Birth

Gabrielle Volkmer | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Gabrielle Volkmer

The important thing here is to know that you need to collaborate with your provider. You need to know what you want and under what circumstances you can safely achieve those goals.

What Giving Birth Looks Like Around The World | Posted 09.05.2014 | Impact

Alice Proujansky said she felt prepared before giving birth to her son in 2012. By then, she had already photographed nearly 15 births in the United S...

Nepali Mothers Suffer From Fallen Wombs

Magally Zelaya | Posted 09.28.2014 | Impact
Magally Zelaya

Kalasi Devi, 28, is a mother of three whose uterus has been protruding from her body for more than a decade. "During my pregnancy I did a lot of heavy work, like carrying water and wood," she says. "I started working again 10 days after giving birth."

Share Your Birth Story

MotherWoman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents

By Avital Norman Nathman My book, The Good Mother Myth, came out earlier this year. It's a collection of essays from a variety of women, all helping ...

What I Didn't Expect While Expecting

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Stephanie R. Caudle

I read countless books on what to expect while expecting and each week I sat back and monitored my body to see if indeed all these things were happening to me. Some things happened and some things didn't and I simply figured that it was because not all pregnancies are the same.

How My Unborn Son Saved His Mother's Life

Oral Fixation | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Oral Fixation

In the delivery room, I was dressed in my scrubs just like in the movies. My seat was next to my love, who was on the operating table, arms stretched out. There was a screen cloth right above her sternum obscuring her nether region. Her face was glowing in the halo of the operating lights.

Surrogacy Between Close Friends: Think Twice

Suzette Standring | Posted 07.30.2014 | Women
Suzette Standring

Laurie Miller offers a cautionary tale about gestational surrogacy between close friends. Expectations and disappointment ended their friendship, and the two women never saw it coming.

Social Surrogacy: A Scary Trend in Pregnancy

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

You don't need to give birth to a child to be a wonderful mother -- in fact, those women who can't have a baby the way I did are heroic in their endeavors to either find other ways to make a baby or adopt a child instead. But to choose not to be pregnant and have someone else carry your child for the sake of vanity or convenience is a shame.

5 Mistakes Expecting Mothers Should Avoid

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.18.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Having a baby is often one of the most pivotal developments in a woman's life. While the news may give you reason to celebrate, finding out that you are pregnant also means it's time to start thinking about the cost of maternity care -- and avoiding these mistakes that could land you with massive bills.

8 Things Mike Francesa, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton Should Know About Paternity Leave

Kim Simon | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

Would you expect baseball players to play well without a coach? Without fans? Then why would you ask Mrs. Murphy to play the biggest game of her career by herself?

How Should You Choose Between a Hospital and a Home Birth?

Napala Pratini | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Parents-to-be will spend countless hours researching doctors and baby names and planning appointments and baby showers -- but what is the right choice when it comes to a home birth versus a hospital delivery?